Cruises To Alaska
Alaska is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations, famed for pristine landscape along its glacial coastline. As your Alaska cruise ship arrives at one of the state’s many ports, you may find yourself lost for words at the sheer beauty of the scenery in front of you.
Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery. Juneau faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, is nearby. This is another must see glacier – you can book a shore excursion onboard to see this as well!
When you’re in Juneau, you shouldn’t miss the amazing glacial landscape. It is a great idea to take a helicopter excursion, where you can watch for bear, mountain goats, and moose. Then, once you’ve landed, we’ll take you on a once-in-a-lifetime dogsled ride.
Relive Juneau’s gold-rush history and pan for gold in the authentic setting of Gold Creek. Trace the route taken by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in their search for gold over 100 years ago. Another great shore excursion you can book onboard is an opportunity to pan for gold! “Guaranteed gold in every pan!” Then explore Juneau’s mining past with a look at the remnants of a century-old mine.
The official currency of Alaska is the U.S. Dollar (USD).
Book a floatplane shore excursion and fly over five breathtaking glaciers to the Taku Glacier Lodge for a king salmon feast. This is also a great opportunity to observe Alaska’s breathtaking wildlife!
Helicopter glacier trekking is one of the most exciting ways to explore the scenic wonders of the glaciers. Onboard you can book a shore excursion that involves flying you in for a hike through some of the most fascinating areas in the world!
You won’t have to catch your dinner with the abundance of food onboard, but you can sportfish! The waters are filled with king and silver salmon, plenty of fish to go around!
On Auke Bay, take a high-speed catamaran ride specifically designed for wildlife-watching. The bay is rich with humpback and killer whales, sea lions, and porpoises. Book a whale watch shore excursion, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery and wildlife of Alaska.
Take a fully narrated helicopter flight over four translucent glaciers within the Juneau Ice Field. You’ll soar past glacier peaks and alpine lakes on this exciting adventure, be sure to bring you camera along! This is a once in a lifetime photo opportunity!
Pack you hiking shoes! You will have the opportunity to explore Juneau on foot, with more trails than roads, Alaska’s capital features world-class hiking! Hike through glacial waterfalls and the largest temperate rain forest in the state.
When gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory, it resulted in the historic Gold Rush of 1898. As thousands of gold-crazed adventurers sought the best starting point for their difficult journey, they found the deepest penetration possible by boat was at the northern tip of the Lynn Canal. This is how Skagway was born.
Take the once in a lifetime journey aboard the “Scenic Railway of the World” and travel 20 miles from tidewater to the summit of the White Pass – a 2,865 foot elevation. Ride in vintage rail cars as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit. See the original Klondike Trail of ’98 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls that passed this route in seek of fortune. Experience this unique railroad that symbolizes accomplishment in the adventure of pioneering – triumph over challenge.
Combine helicopter glacier flightseeing with one of Alaska’s favorite sports – dog sledding.
Take a horseback ride through historic Dyea and experience Alaska’s most breath taking valleys.
Canoe through Glacier Point! Be sure to pick up a piece of ice – so you can say you held a glacier.
Walk on raised balance beams, cross suspension bridges, and fly through the air on a series of zip lines at Skagway’s adventure park.
Book a helicopter excursion away from civilization to the Chilkat Glacier system, where frozen rivers of ice surge between high mountain peaks.
Blow your own glass art in the Last Frontier – complete with real gold in your finished piece! This will definitely be an unforgettable experience!
Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. You will have ample time to admire the landscape and perhaps catch sight of a few native animals as you cruise through this port. The Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm may not be the most famous glaciers in Alaska, but many visitors find them to be the most dramatic. Framed by mountains on either side, the glaciers are often bathed in a light mist that amplifies the blue hue of the ice.
Victoria, British Columbia
Located on the southern tip on the island of Vancouver in British Columbia, the city of Victoria is best known for its mild climate and active outdoor lifestyle. You will fit right in; the city is very tourist-friendly because it is the capital of British Colombia! Among the many attractions are world-famous gardens, its 150 years of British history, gourmet dining and fantastic shopping.
In British Colombia, Canada the Canadian dollar (CAD) is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted and often offer a good exchange rate. In all of Canada, a 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST) must be paid on all transportation, accommodation, restaurant meals, and just about anything else you purchase, right down to a pack of gum. Get to know the locals: The glaciers are home to black and brown bears, wolves, deer and moose. Look for seals and whales in the fjord’s icy waters, and frequent bald eagle appearances overhead. Check out the fjord’s many icebergs from close up as the ship maneuvers around them. The texture and color of the ice is quite different from the smooth stuff you put in drinks!
Explore Victoria’s history on a Grand City Drive. Visit the awe-inspiring Craigdarroch Castle with its 39 rooms and five stories of stained glass and end the day with high tea at the world-famous Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens or the lush and exotic Butterfly Gardens and see how Victoria earned the nickname “The City of Gardens.”
Enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing on a tour of exclusive residential districts, historic Chinatown, and Antique Row, one of the many shopping districts.
Cruising through the Inside Passage is really what has made Alaska cruising so popular. This trip captures so much of what people love about Alaska. There are glaciers the size of Rhode Island. Misty rain forests and ghostly blue fjords. And spirited communities that celebrate their varied heritage. Be sure to take in every view as you sail through one of the most beautiful parts of Alaska. Even take a shore excursion to kayak up to the glaciers, zip line through the rain forests and more!
The highlight of any cruise through the Inside Passage has to be Hubbard Glacier. It is one of the most active glaciers in the area and a great place to experience the majesty of a glacier up close. The Hubbard Glacier is the longest river of ice in North America, it’s also one of the most active glaciers of its kind in Alaska. You will definitely be able to see this massive Glacier from the comfort of your balcony cabin aboard your cruise ship!
Taste of Alaska
Don’t miss the true taste of Alaska at an authentic Alaskan Salmon Bake with all the trimmings. You’ll taste some of the freshest, most delicious salmon in the world.
Victoria is a great culinary hotspot. In addition to the abundance of fresh seafood, its mild climate lends itself to a variety of locally grown produce. For a complete culinary experience, be sure to try a glass of wine from one of Victoria’s award-winning wineries.
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